Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Hispanic Students

Posted by ACT on July 20, 2015

Many Hispanic students lag behind their peers in college readiness, although they aspire to attend college at similar rates, according to a new report released today by ACT and Excelencia in Education.

The report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Hispanic Students, shows that 83 percent of Hispanic 2014 high school graduates who took the ACT® test planned to enroll in college. Nearly half—47 percent—of those students, however, met none of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. In comparison, about one-third—31 percent—of all ACT-tested 2014 high school graduates met none of the four ACT Benchmarks.

There is a large and growing number of Hispanic students in the United States. Across the nation, one of every four public school students is Hispanic, and those numbers are expected to increase in the coming years. This past school year (2014–2015) marked the first time that students of color (Hispanic, African American, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander students) made up the majority of kindergarten-through-high school students in U.S. public schools.

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